Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has indicated that the English Premier League defending champions, Manchester City, were the best club of the last decade.
This assertion means the Spanish coach would be throwing shades at his former employers and Catalan giants, Barcelona.
Manchester City enjoyed a period of great success in the 2010-19 decade, winning four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups, three Community Shields and two FA Cups.
These trophies meant that the Etihad outfit had the best decade in their history, cementing their tags as the "Noisy neighbours" and a bigger threat to their city rivals, Manchester United.
While Real Madrid won four UEFA Champions League titles and one La Liga title in that space, and Barcelona claimed two UEFA Champions League titles with seven La Liga crowns, Guardiola still believes Manchester City was the decade’s best.
During his pre-match conference ahead of Manchester City's match with Everton on New Year's day, the former Barcelona manager who led the Spanish club to a Sextuple had this to say:
“I think this club, in the last decade, was the best team. In terms of points, in terms of goals, titles, and everything,
“So I congratulate Manchester City for that. So when we analyse every single day here, what happens day by day, we analyse that.
“But we have a perspective of what happened in 10 seasons, especially when the people from Abu Dhabi took over the club [in 2008] and bought good players, interesting managers and a bigger staff. I think we did it incredibly well.
“Because fighting with the huge elephants here in England, the big clubs with the biggest history. With us in the last decade, we were a part of them, that is amazing.”
Sitting 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, City host Everton on Wednesday.